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Important note: this program involves workplace challenges and projects that will be completed in-person at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) in Springfield, Massachusetts. Students must be able to attend on-ground lab courses at STCC, where about 30% of the program (and no more than 50%) has to be completed in Springfield, MA, on ground. (The rest can be completed online). 

The Bachelor of Science in Advanced Manufacturing Systems (BS-AVMS) degree was co-developed with General Electric. The program was built from the ground up to give you the experience and skills that will put you in demand in the thriving field of advanced manufacturing. 

There is tremendous demand for those with advanced manufacturing systems skills, where according to a 2015 study by The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, an estimated 3.4 million manufacturing jobs will be created over the next decade. Those with a college degree and advanced technical skills will be in high demand, according to the Washington Post.

The curriculum is organized around real workplace challenges or projects that provide hands-on learning experiences. You will complete coursework through functional areas related to five tracks within advanced manufacturing (e.g., within Inspections, you might complete a project involving nondestructive testing equipment and techniques). And you’ll apply these skills in the lab space with support and coaching from industry mentors and Northeastern. At the end of the program, you’ll complete a comprehensive capstone project that helps you synthesize what you’ve learned.

The program is designed to meet you where you are at. If you have prior relevant experience, you can get “sign off” by demonstrating proficiency—helping you earn college credit for what you learned on the job, allowing you to complete the program faster. 

A degree in advanced manufacturing systems can revolutionize your career. 

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Unique Features

  • Program co-developed with General Electric
  • First-of-its kind program represents a new model of education where real-world experience earns university credit
  • An estimated 3.4 million manufacturing jobs to be created in the next decade, according to The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte
  • Curriculum organized around real workplace challenges and projects to provide hands-on learning experiences
  • Program culminates with a comprehensive capstone project

Career Outcomes

Job demand for advanced manufacturing is rapidly growing:

  • In 2011, 53% of all manufacturing workers had at least some college education, up from 43% in 1994, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economics and Statistics Administration.
  • Of 1.9 million job postings in the manufacturing industry during 2015, 68% required or preferred candidates with a bachelor's degree, according to Burning Glass Technologies.
  • According to a 2015 study by The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, an estimated 3.4 million manufacturing jobs will be created over the next decade.


General Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Advanced Manufacturing Technology General Requirements

University-Wide Requirement

Minimum 120 total semester hours required

Minimum 2.000 GPA required

Students must earn a minimum of 60 Northeastern University semester hours in order to receive a bachelor’s degree.

Note: Individual program requirements may exceed the above minima.

NUpath Requirements 

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Foundation Courses

32 semester hours required 

ENG 1105 - College Writing 1 
ENG 1106 - Lab for ENG 1105 
ENG 3105 - Writing for the Professions: Science and Engineering 
ENG 3106 - Lab for ENG 3105 
MTH 2120 - Technical Math 1 
MTH 2220 - Technical Math 2 
MTH 2500 - Statistical Quality Control 
CHM 1100 - General Chemistry 1 
EET 2000 - Circuits 1 
PHY 1200 - Physics 1 
PHL 2140 - Ethical Issues in Science and Engineering 

CMN 1100 - Organizational Communication 

Advanced Manufacturing Foundation Courses

18 semester hours required

AVM 1100 - Fundamental Measurement Analysis 
AVM 1150 - Fundamentals of Manufacturing Systems 
EET 3100 - Electronics 1 
GET 1150 - Foundations of Engineering Graphics and Design 
MET 2000 - Engineering Computer-Aided Design and Tolerance Analysis 
MET 2040 - Engineering Manufacturing Process 

Advanced Manufacturing Core Courses

36 semester hours required 

AVM 2250 - Materials Performance and Applications 
AVM 3000 - Materials Processing 
AVM 3100 - Nondestructive Testing 
AVM 3500 - Business Operations and Supply Chain 
AVM 4100 - Mechatronics 
AVM 4200 - Engineering Metrology and Measurements 
AVM 4300 - Advanced Manufacturing and Additive Processes 
GET 3100 - Computer Control of Manufacturing Processes 
MET 3100 - Engineering Stress Analysis 
MET 3300 - Engineering Materials Science 
MET 4100 - Mechanical Engineering Systems Design 
MGT 2220 - Supply Chain Management 

Advanced Manufacturing Capstone

Grand challenges at the end of each accelerator will make up this requirement:

GET 4840 - Engineering Technology Capstone Project Preparation and Proposal 
GET 4850 - Engineering Technology Capstone Project Execution 


Complete a minimum of 28 semester hours to reach 120 semester hours. 


Experiential Learning

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace. This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.


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Career Outcomes

Students in the Advanced Manufacturing Systems program are eager to help transform ideas into tangible things that make the world a better place. Some students might already have an associate degree in mechanical engineering technology (for example). Others might have some previous college coursework completed. All of them have a desire to take advantage of the high-demand within advanced manufacturing by 'skilling themselves up.' 

There are a wide variety of potential careers in the Advanced Manufacturing industry, including:

  • Electrical & Mechanical Maintenance Technicians
  • Engineering / R&D
  • Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Machinist Operator / Programmer
  • Production & Assembly
  • Quality Assurance / Control
  • Sales
  • Welder / Solderer

Industry-Aligned Faculty

Our industry-aligned faculty bring relevant real-world experience, knowledge, expertise, and connections that will help you achieve your career goals.

Krassimir Marchev
Professor of the Practice


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Financial Info

The university's financial aid policies are designed to enrich our campus community by ensuring that Northeastern is affordable for all admitted students. The below cost per credit is for non-lab courses. You can find the cost per credit of lab courses by visiting our Tuition and Fees page.

  • $541 Cost Per Credit
  • $10.2K Avg Institutional Aid
  • 45% % Receiving Aid